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enlisted soldier to be named -- to head up the pentagon, i think it's a historic thing. i still think he gets through the senate if he is nominated even if there are some republicans who will oppose him. >> you think he'll get through, karen? >> i think he probably will. and, look, i think the politics on this are, particularly if it's republicans opposing a republican, i think outside of the beltway, that is less of a political problem for the president. i think ultimately, while i think some people are disappointed to see -- from a democratic administration where democrats have finally i think surpassed republicans on defense issues and national security issues to feel like we have to have a republican in that position. however, i think tactically for the white house having a republican in that position in a time of budget cuts is a very smart political move. >> okay. karen finney, johnny fratto, always good to have you on the show. >>> here's our twitter question of the day. it is -- what should be the top priority for the 113th congress? some of your tweets -- gop led house campaign
over it at the pentagon. listen, the president is allowed to nominate whomever he wants. however, the senate is also allowed to say yes or no. if the senate wants to castigate and say no to one of their own, they are certainly welcome to do that. but i don't care if a president -- and, listen, barack obama has had republican cabinet members. george bush had democratic cabinet members. i like bipartisanship. i would like to see more of it. i think we need more diversity in the next cabinet, and so far what we're seeing is a lot of white men, but the president is allowed to pick whom he chooses, and if he chooses a former republican senator to be his next secretary of defense, the senate ought to have a hearing, investigate it, and give it an up or down vote, period. >> chip, in terms of the bipartisan appeal, do you think that is a significant factor here? do you think by doing this the president tries to rise above the rancor that exists on capitol hill? >> trying to do bipartisan support by nominating a former republican senator who balked his own party and backed the democratic
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